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Record ID
Date of creation
2019-02-18 15:46 UTC (Melanie.Josefsson@naturvardsverket.se)
Date of publication
2019-02-18 15:46 UTC (Melanie.Josefsson@naturvardsverket.se)

General information
Country submitting the decision or communication
  • Sweden
Competent National Authority(ies) responsible for the decision or communication
Swedish Board of Agriculture
Sweden, SE-551 82
Phone:+46 36 15 50 00
Fax:+46 36 19 05 46
Title / Reference number of the decision or communication
Application for the deliberate release of linseed lines genetically modified for altered oil composition in seed (2005-2009).
Date of the decision
Is the decision taken prior to entry into force of the Protocol?
  • Sweden
Is this an amendment to a previous decision / communication?
Decision or communication details
Subject(s) of the decision
  • Decision on LMOs for intentional introduction into the environment (according Article 10 or domestic regulatory framework)
Was the decision triggered by a request for a transboundary movement of LMOs into the country?
Does the decision apply to transboundary movements of LMO(s) into the country?
Importer’s or Applicant’s contact details
Kristofer Vamling
Plant Science Sweden
Herman Ehles väg 3-4
Sweden, 268 31
Phone:+46 418667000
Result of the decision
  • Approval of the import/use of the LMO(s) with conditions
The distance from the nearest cultivation of linseed will be at least 400 m. Sowing- and harvesting machinery will be cleaned on site to prevent the dispersal of GM seed. Harvested seed material will be transported from the site in closed and labeled containers to the laboratories for analyses. Remaining seed will be inactivated. Vegetative plant material will be chopped and worked into the soil. The area will be controlled for volunteers. During the vegetation period and the monitoring period, the project leader and trained personnel will observe the trial site.  The germinating characteristic of the genetically modified linseed from the first year's harvest should be examined before the next year's planting. Comparison should be made with equivalent non-modified linseed. The Swedish Board of Agriculture should approve the design of the studies and may require further studies after the results have been reported.
The genetically modified linseed lines show an altered fatty acid composition in seeds towards very long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids. No difference regarding persistence in agricultural habitats or invasiveness in natural habitats compared to conventional linseed is expected. Nor is it expected that a selective advantage or disadvantage is conferred to the GM lines via the introduced trait. Due to the measures to be taken during the release (distance to or absence of cultivated and wild relatives) and linseed as a self-pollinating crop is the potential for permanent gene transfer will be virtually excluded. Interactions of the GM linseed lines with non-target species and resulting effects will be comparable to those of conventional linseed varieties. The potential of altered fatty acid composition in seed resulting in any effects on animal health from contact or consumption is considered negligible. Measures in place under current field trials in relation to handling, harvest, storing, transport or disposition will further minimize the probability of any negative effects on health or environment. No effects are expected on biogeochemical processes from the predicted trait. The GM linseed lines will be cultivated under conventional agricultural practices.
Does the decision involve field trials?
Does the decision involve commercial release?
LMO identification
Flax modified for altered fatty acid composition
Agritec Plant Research Changes in quality and/or metabolite content - Lipid and fatty acids Resistance to antibiotics - Ampicillin, Hygromycin Selectable marker genes and reporter genes
Risk assessment
Application for the deliberate release of linseed lines genetically modified for altered oil composition in seed (2005-2009).
Linseed with altered fatty acids and oil composition
Resistance to antibiotics - Kanamycin
Additional Information
Additional Information
Field trial will be 2005 - 2009 in Kvänum in Vara county and near Riseberga in Klippans county. Trial areas are each 0.5 hectares including  Earth lots, paths, isolation borders and protection corridors. During 2006-2009, simlar trials will be in the counties of  planeras Eslöv, Kristianstad och Svalöv. The total trial area will not be more than 150 000 m 2 in 2005 - 2009.